DALLAS -- After playing five games as Central Division foes last season, the Chicago Blackhawks and Dallas Stars know each other well. And given their recent history of playing plenty of memorable games, the season opener Thursday at American Airlines Center between them figures to add another chapter to what is a burgeoning rivalry.
"I think we've got similar teams; mobile defense, real good on the offensive end," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said after morning skate. "I think they're three lines deep with their offensive talent. They've got a great goaltender. When it comes to speed we're right there with them. When it comes to their offensive creativity I think we're similar and should be a heck of a match."
Chicago heads into the season with most of their roster intact from last season. The Blackhawks did make one notable addition in center Brad Richards, who signed as a free agent in July.
"I think they just got themselves another good offensive player," Ruff said. "It's made them deeper. It's given them a third-line center that has a lot of experience, won a Cup and should help them."